Anil Agarwal to set up $10 bn fund to hunt for govt assets

Other News 24 January 2022 13:56 (UTC +04:00)

Vedanta Resources Ltd's plan to set up a US$10 billion fund to acquire state-owned firms has attracted interest from sovereign wealth funds and the corpus will be floated once the government invites price for firms such as BPCL or Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), its chairman Anil Agarwal said.

The fund will be made of Vedanta's own resources and outside investment.

''We have a tremendous response for this, especially from the sovereign wealth funds,'' he said.

The idea is to create a fund with a 10-year life span, that will use a private equity-type strategy, buying into companies and boosting their profitability.

Agarwal had stated that Vedanta would team up with London-based firm Centricus to create a US$ 10-billion fund that will invest in stake sale of public sector undertakings.

While Vedanta has completed due diligence of BPCL, the government earlier this month postponed invitation of the price bid for sale of its stake in SCI.